The 15th Annual Five College PoetryFest will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public.
PoetryFest celebrates the quality and range of student poetry with two writers representing Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The inspiration of Lorna Peterson, former executive director of Five Colleges, Inc., and Ellen Doré Watson, director of the Smith College Poetry Center, PoetryFest annually rotates among each of the five campuses. This year, the event's 15th year, completes the third full rotation.
The participants this year are Amir Hall and JinJin Xu of Amherst; Jenna Eve Baillargeon and Destinee Briana Wilson of Hampshire; Katie Clark and Rebecca Pittel of Mount Holyoke; Darwin Pappas-Fernandes and Piera Varela of Smith; and Daniel Godwin and Symone Green of UMass. Each student will read for approximately five minutes.
The reading will be followed by a reception, and booklets of the students’ work will be available. For further information, contact Sue Dickman at 542-4023.
This event is sponsored by each campuses’ writing programs, the Poetry Center at Smith College and Five Colleges, Inc.
PoetryFest celebrates the quality and range of student poetry at the five campuses—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Two students from each campus have been selected to read at the event.